For over 130 years, Danville’s history has been one of change and growth, often referred to as the “Heart of the San Ramon Valley”. Danville sits in the San Ramon Valley between Mt Diablo to the East and the Las Trampas Hills to the West. Until the railroad arrived in 1891, it was a tiny little village. The few homes that existed were built near the creek on Waterfront Street (now shortened to Front Street). Some still exist.
The railroad brought growth and development. As more people came, they too settled in the downtown area. Today their former homes have been preserved but few remained residences. Most are used for businesses.
Danville has tried hard to preserve its historical buildings. The Village Theater is an example. It continues to offer live performances by local groups. Its famous neighbor is Bridges Restaurant where “Mrs. Doubtfire” with Robin Williams was filmed.
Eventually the railroad abandoned its right of way. The track was removed and the land paved as a walking/jogging trail. Growth spread away from the downtown. Eventually another major shopping area called the Livery was built. Nestled among redwoods it has a rustic ambience all its own. Still, much of downtown Danville maintains its quaint and charming atmosphere where people like to… shop, dine and play.